Calabar also referred to as "Canaan City" is a city in Cross River State, in south southern Nigeria. The original name for Calabar was Akwa Akpa, from the Efik language.The city is adjacent to the Calabar and Great Kwa rivers and creeks of the Cross River (from its inland delta).
Calabar is the capital of Cross River State, and has often been described as the tourism capital of Nigeria. Administratively, the city is divided into Calabar Municipal and Calabar South LGAs. It has an area of 406 square kilometres (157 sq mi) and had a population of 371,022 at the 2006 census.